When you’re building a new home, getting the look you’re after is so much easier if you can identify what you like. You can still have lots of fun playing with new ideas and seeking out the latest materials and finishes, but chances are you’ll be far more focused if you have a style or two in mind.
Today’s popular styles are a smooth blend of the classic and the contemporary, creating single-storey and two-storey designs perfect for the modern Australian lifestyle.
Don’t know your industrial from your retro? Or your classic corbels from your weatherboard cladding? Don’t worry. We’ve got you covered.
Here’s a look at three of our favourite styles:
Country charm meets modern barn conversion in Plunkett’s latest take on the ever-popular homestead. Inspired by the easy comfort of a picture-perfect whitewashed country farmhouse, our Modern Farmhouse designs take a sense of tradition and make it modern.
Look out for:
- Wide and expansive front elevations with sweeping verandas, sections of alpine-style stonework, and chunky window and doorframes in gunmetal-grey.
- Raking ceilings combined with highlight windows to accentuate volume and flood interiors with natural light.
- A large modern kitchen with a scullery, huge island bench and an easy connection to the outdoors.
- Patterned tiles, natural materials, and a gentle colour palette of cloudy greys, creamy-browns and vintage whites.
- Timber, leather, linen, soft metallic colours, rustic timbers, wallpaper and touchable textiles.
- Designs such as the Colorado, on display in Aveley.
Inspired by the upmarket beach houses of Long Island, New York’s famed summer playground, our Hamptons designs are elegant and sophisticated. Much of their appeal lies in the comfort and layers of detail, with inviting rooms, classic features and a delicate colour palette.
Look out for:
- Stonework, weatherboards and rendered walls with contrasting bands, mouldings and balustrading in fresh white.
- White-painted architraves, windowsills and deep skirting boards that add all-important detailing inside.
- Kitchens with Shaker-style cabinets, built-in wine racks and a scullery.
- Built-in furniture such as bookcases, window seats and reading nooks.
- Plantation-style shutters.
- Timber floors in dark tones, such as ebony and espresso.
- Designs such as the Long Island, on display in Jindalee.
On trend. Of the moment. Up-to-the-minute. With their clean lines and cubist elements, Plunkett’s Contemporary designs keep things simple yet stylish on blocks of all widths and sizes. Modern apartments and boutique hotels provide excellent inspiration, giving our Contemporary homes wide appeal and making them easy to personalise.
Look out for:
- Bold shapes, including skillion rooflines, striking feature walls and a strong entry statement such as an over-sized porch.
- Two-storey designs with open-tread staircases and double-height voids.
- Large-format tiles that look like polished concrete and accentuate the simplicity of expansive open-plan living areas.
- Low-key metallic colours such as gold, copper and brass.
- Designs such as the Newport, on display in Iluka.
For more style inspiration, check out our free Styles to Inspire You e-book.
With page after page of great ideas and top tips, this handy guide takes a look at seven popular design styles: Industrial, Resort, Palm Springs, Traditional, Hamptons, Modern Farmhouse and Contemporary.